LONDON — The British government said Prime Minister Boris Johnson would begin a long-anticipated shake-up of his cabinet on Wednesday in a move designed to revitalize a government whose popularity now appears to be waning. Much speculation about cabinet changes in recent weeks has focused on the foreign secretary, DominicContinue Reading

The National Health Service in England began offering a second Covid-19 vaccine booster on Monday to around five million people who are considered especially vulnerable to the disease. Anyone in England over 75 years old, anyone over 12 who has a suppressed immune system, and anyone residing in a nursingContinue Reading

British children aged 5 to 11, one of the last remaining groups in the country still broadly ineligible for the coronavirus vaccine, will be offered doses under new guidance announced on Wednesday by Britain’s independent vaccine advisory committee. Sajid Javid, England’s health secretary, said in a statement that the NationalContinue Reading

England has a huge backlog of elective medical procedures, worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, that will take years to clear, Sajid Javid, Britain’s health secretary, told lawmakers on Tuesday as he announced a plan to address the problem. When coronavirus cases surged in England during the pandemic, hospitals in theContinue Reading

new video loaded: U.K. May Revoke Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers transcript Back transcript U.K. May Revoke Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers Sajid Javid, the British health secretary, said the mandate, which requires National Health Service workers to be fully vaccinated by April 1, might not be “proportionate” to theContinue Reading

Frontline health workers in England may no longer be required to get vaccinated, Britain’s health secretary said on Monday. He recommended a review of a mandate that employers and trade unions have warned would lead to crippling staff shortages. “Week by week, we are carefully moving our Covid response fromContinue Reading

new video loaded: England Lowers Covid Isolation Requirement transcript Back transcript England Lowers Covid Isolation Requirement Health officials reduced the number of days people must isolate after showing Covid-19 symptoms to seven from 10, if they test negative on the sixth and seventh days. The move comes as a surgeContinue Reading

As the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant rose to 160 in Britain, the government on Saturday announced further tightening of travel restrictions to combat its spread. Beginning Tuesday, travelers will be required to take a coronavirus test within 48 hours of traveling to Britain regardless ofContinue Reading

LONDON — At almost every step of the pandemic, Britain has been a coronavirus renegade. It locked down later than its European neighbors in March 2020, rolled out vaccines faster than almost any major country earlier this year, and threw off virtually all restrictions last summer in an audacious bidContinue Reading

A day after the government announced that two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant had been discovered in Britain, the health secretary, Sajid Javid, said on Sunday that more were likely to be found, but rejected calls for tougher restrictions on daily life. On Saturday, the government said thatContinue Reading